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Wednesday, 2 September 2015

Doctor Who Christmas Special: River Song Returns!

This Christmas the Doctor (Peter Capaldi) will be joined by time-traveller River Song, played by actress Alex Kingston.  

The BBC issued a press statement this morning confirming Kingston's involvement in the shows 11th annual Christmas special, with filming due to commence this week. The episode will be written by Showrunner Steven Moffat, produced by Nikki Wilson and directed by Douglas Mackinnon (Doctor Who, Sherlock).

River Song made her first Doctor Who appearance in 2008 in ‘Silence in the Library’ and ‘Forest of the Dead’ and has appeared in 15 episodes to date.

Award winning Alex Kingston comments on her reappearance, “To be honest, I did not know whether River would ever return to the show, but here she is, back with the Doctor for the Christmas special. Steven Moffat is on glittering form, giving us an episode filled with humour and surprise guest castings. I met Peter for the first time at Monday’s read through, we had a laugh, and I am now excited and ready to start filming with him and the Doctor Who team. Christmas in September? Why not!”

Steven Moffat, Lead Writer and Executive Producer, adds, “Another Christmas, another special for Doctor Who - and what could be more special than the return of Alex Kingston as Professor River Song? The last time the Doctor saw her she was a ghost. The first time he met her, she died. So how can he be seeing her again? As ever, with the most complicated relationship in the universe, it’s a matter of time...”

The BBC Cymru Wales produced drama will return to BBC One on Saturday, 19 September with a 12 episode series, followed by the Christmas special on Friday 25 December.

Wednesday, 12 August 2015

Friday, 10 July 2015

Watch the Doctor Who 2015 Comic Con Panel!

It may have been fun for anyone there (except for one person in the audience who Peter Capaldi caught sleeping!) but a lot of people weren't able to go. Luckily, there are a couple of people who have uploaded it.

Flicks and the City have uploaded it from one angle, where there is a reasonably clear shot of the guests with shots of the screen. Emergency Awesome has uploaded it, in two parts split at the trailer, where it simply is pointed at the big screen, so it contains everything as shown. Both are included here.

Flicks and the City:

Emergency Awesome:

Doctor Who Series 9 Trailer Breakdown

So we've finally had a proper trailer for series 9. Click here to see that and the press release that accompanies it. 

Once again, I've gone frame-by-frame for a comprehensive breakdown of it, and boy is there a lot of shots. Click to enlarge the images. I am hoping to cap a higher quality copy of the trailer from BBC One over the next day or so since YouTube's quality is terrible for screenshots, although it's been rumoured at being an online-exclusive.

Since the trailer has been cropped for a cinematic style, so have the screenshots.

What do you think? Do you think I've made a mistake or missing something?? Comment below!

Thursday, 9 July 2015

Doctor Who Series 9 Press Release, Air Date and Trailer Revealed

Doctor Who Series 9 premiers Saturday 19th September 2015 with The Magician's Apprentice. Check out the trailer below:

Trailer breakdown and round-ups coming soon.

The BBC have also just released the following press release:

Exploding with epic and thrilling adventures, Doctor Who returns to BBC One on Saturday 19 September in the ninth series of the hit show.  
The Doctor (Peter Capaldi) is joined by Clara Oswald (Jenna Coleman) for time travel on a cinematic scale. Having the time of their lives, the pair meet new and old monsters, and go on a journey that takes them to deadly alien planets, creepy underwater bases, Vikings villages, a global Zygon uprising, and leads them through hidden alien dens, to the very end of time itself. 
Meeting monsters old and new the Doctor will come face to face with Missy (played by Michelle Gomez), a city of Daleks, deadly mercenaries called the Mire, terrifying ghosts and far more. 
Having filmed in Cardiff since January, Peter Capaldi said:

“Soaring through all of time and space, series nine sees the Doctor throw himself into life with a new hunger for adventure. The Cosmos is there for the taking, thrilling, epic and enticing, and his to play in. But he’s almost reckless in his abandon. It’s almost like he’s running from something, something that if it ever catches him will turn his life upside down.”

Previously announced and taking up a guest role in the new series will be young new talent Maisie Williams, having already achieved global success for her role as Arya Stark in the fantasy drama series Game of Thrones. Michelle Gomez (Missy) returns to plague the Doctor and Clara in the series opener, and UNIT are back with Jemma Redgrave and Ingrid Oliver (Osgood) returning to series nine following their popular entrance in series eight. Also confirmed as guest cast in the series are Rebecca Front, Rufus Hound, Paul Kaye, Joivan Wade and Sophie Stone. 
The show’s ninth series has been written by lead writer Steven Moffat, Toby Whithouse, Jamie Mathieson, Peter Harness, Mark Gatiss, and new writers to Doctor Who - Sarah Dollard and Catherine Tregenna; directed by Hettie Macdonald, Daniel O’Hara, Ed Bazalgette, Daniel Nettheim, Justin Molotnikov, Rachel Talalay; and produced by Tracie Simpson, Derek Ritchie, Nikki Wilson and Peter Bennett.  
The star-studded cast continue to shoot in Roath Lock studios, Cardiff Bay, having previously filmed in Tenerife, and South Wales locations, Caerwent, Caerphilly Castle, Cardiff Castle, St Athans and Margam Park.  
Doctor Who has had a decade of success and is one BBC One’s most highly regarded shows. The much-loved brand is already a phenomenon delivering on a global scale, with the last series’ (series 8) consolidated average at 7.4 million. 

Doctor Who is a BBC Cymru Wales production for BBC One and will be back on-air this September. 
For the new series, designer Michael Pickwoad has introduced brand new roundels to the inside of TARDIS. 
Other guest cast include:- 
Colin McFarlane, Morven Christie, Arsher Ali, Zaqi Ismail, Steven Robertson, Tom Stourton, Ariyon Bakare, Simon Lipkin, Ian Conningham, Murray McArthur, Barnaby Kay, John Voce, Struan Rodger, Jaye Griffiths, Cleopatra Dickens, Sasha Dickens, Abhishek Singh, Todd Kramer, Jill Winternitz, Nicholas Asbury, Jack Parker, Aidan Cook, Daniel Hoffmann-Gill, Jami Reid-Quarrell, Aaron Neil, India Ria Amarteifio, Joey Price, Dasharn Anderson, Harki Bhambra, Demi Papaminas, Simon Lipkin, Ian Conningham, Murray McArthur, Barnaby Kay, John Voce, Struan Rodger, Ariyon Bakare, Naomi Ackie, Simon Manyonda, Simon Paisley Day, Letitia Wright, Robin Soans, Angela Clerkin, Caroline Boulton, Jenny Lee.

Friday, 26 June 2015

Doctor Who Festival Heading to Australia!

It has been announced that the Doctor Who Festival, previously announced in the UK will also head to Australia! The Festival will be held on the 21st & 22nd November 2015 at the Royal Hall of Industries and Hordern Pavilion - opening at 9am, with a closing time of 6pm.

"The Doctor Who Festival promises fans a unique insight into the imagination and skills put into bringing an episode of Doctor Who to you. This includes exclusive access to the people that make it happen, giving you the chance to get inside the adventure".

Each ticket includes:

  • Meet the cast in a Q&A session
  • Meet the writers in a Q&A session
  • Meet the monsters: interactive workshop
More guest and activity details to be announced closer to November. 

Tickets are on sale via Ticketek, with pre-sale between Friday 3rd July 11am- Monday 6th July 9am. On sale to the general public 11am Monday 6th July.

  • General adult admission - $195.00
  • General child (16 and under) admission - $99.00
  • TARDIS adult admission - $365.00
  • TARDIS child (16 and under) admission - $265.00
All tickets include a booking fee of $4.95 per transaction.

For full details, visit the official website.

Friday, 8 May 2015

Big Chief Studios: Doctor Who Weeping Angel 1:6 Scale Figurine

Established in 2011, Big Chief Studios have been producing high quality figurines and dioramas from Doctor Who, Game of Thrones, Sherlock and Harry Potter. Sculpted and created by industry professionals with more than thirty years experience, their products are highly collectable.

Big Chief Studios are proud to announce the first in a new series of 1:6 Scale Collector Polystone Figurines. Featuring three sets of interchangeable arms and two alternate heads to adopt multiple poses, the figurine is cast from heavy polystone and comes complete with a mini diorama base. Purchase additional Weeping Angel figurines and link their bases together in a number of possible ways to create a larger display.

Produced in a numbered limited edition, each figurine comes with a certificate of authenticity and is packed in a full colour printed box. Limited Edition Price £149.99, Signature Edition Price £179.99.

         1 x Interchangeable Head Portrait: Weeping
         1 x Interchangeable Head Portrait: Attack
         1 x Pair of Interchangeable Arms: Weeping
         1 x Pair of Interchangeable Arms: Grasping
         1 x Pair of Interchangeable Arms: Attack
         1 x Pair of Positional Wings
         1 x Mini Diorama Scenic Display Base

         Product Size: H270mm (12”) without Display Base

The Signature Edition includes a special autograph plaque hand-signed by Weeping Angel creator Steven Moffat. and is available exclusively from Limited to only 250 pieces worldwide (125 single pieces), each figurine comes complete with an autograph plaque, display stand, a certificate of authenticity and is packed in a full colour printed box.

If you want to be in with a chance with winning one of the 1:6 Collector Weeping Angel Polystone Figurines, Big Chief Studios are running a contest you can enter here - just by filling out your details!

Osgood & the Zygons are back for Doctor Who Series 9!

"Can the Doctor trust his number one fan?"
Remember the Doctor-obsessed Osgood (Ingrid Oliver), who previously appeared in Day of the Doctor and later Death in Heaven? Well, she's back!

She may be back with a minor costume variation that resembles the Seventh Doctor's jumper, but we are all wondering - how? We previously saw Missy (Michelle Gomez) turn her into a pile of ashes during a Cyberman invasion. Steven Moffat has stated "We recently confirmed that Osgood was definitely dead and not returning - but in a show about time travel, anything can happen. The brilliant Ingrid Oliver is back in action. This time though, can the Doctor trust his number one fan?".

Not only will Osgood be back, but the Zygons (last seen in the 50th anniversary special) are too! During the feature-length episode, Osgood (as well as two other UNIT members) were duplicated, with both sides forgetting who were human and who were Zygon, perhaps this is the resolution to that part of the story?

Actress Ingrid Oliver commented on set “As every actor who’s worked on Doctor Who will tell you, there’s always the secret hope you'll get the call asking you to come back. To actually receive that call is both unexpected and brilliant. The word ‘honour’ gets banded about a lot, but it really is, it’s an honour. Especially because I was so sure Osgood was a goner after the last series!”

The two-part episode is currently being filmed in Cardiff and is written by Peter Harness (Kill the Moon), produced by Peter Bennett and directed by Daniel Nettheim.

Also joining Peter Capaldi (The Doctor) and Jenna Coleman (Clara Oswald) and confirmed for guest roles in the double episode is Jemma Redgrave, Jaye Griffiths, Cleopatra Dickens, Sasha Dickens, Abhishek Singh, Todd Kramer, Jill Winternitz, Nicholas Asbury, Jack Parker and Aidan Cook.

Doctor Who series nine will be back on BBC One in Autumn 2015 

Sunday, 26 April 2015

"One Fine Time Lord", "Dark Times" Charity Sequel "Eternity Rises" Looking For Voice Actors

While my posting may still be on hiatus until I get enough free time to resume to a high level and while we don't post many fan-made content pieces, I would like to push this press release out to anyone interested in taking part in a highly popular audio drama that raises money for Children in Need:

Over the last two years Word of Mouth Productions, in association with Anglia Ruskin University and Dr Who Online Adventures have put together a brand new, full cast, hour long audio drama in aid of the BBC Children In Need appeal. 
The first one “One Fine Time Lord” was so successful, that last years “Dark Times” was commissioned. Both raised over £100,000 for the charity and have had nearly half a million downloads since their release. 
This year we are looking for exceptional voice actors to take on the roles and join our special guest star actors in this unique professional audio experience! 
The auditions will take place on May 2nd at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge. They are completely open auditions ANYONE regardless of acting experience can audition.
We currently require: 
Young Male Actors from 13 years old upwards to 19. Also males & females aged 25-60 upwards. 
If successful in gaining a part you will need to be available for the recording in Cambridge which will take place all day on Sunday the 17th May and the evenings of 18th, 19th and 20th of May. To book your audition slot you will need to contact the shows producer James Amey. Email him on:

Any questions please ask James. Please do be quick as audition spots are likely to fill quickly.  
You can watch  the auditions from the previous years here and you can download One Fine Time Lord and Dark Times for free here 

We can’t wait to hear from you!

Monday, 20 April 2015

Steven Moffat gets his son

Did you ever want to hear more of Steven Moffat, perhaps being interviewed by one of his sons? Well now you can in this 15 minute video.

Thursday, 26 March 2015

10 Years of New Doctor Who!

It's the tenth anniversary of the revival of New Doctor Who today (Woo!) and, despite any controversy over celebrating just a New Who anniversary ("it's a revival not a reboot!"), fans and celebrities have been finding ways to celebrate the anniversary. Here's a roundup of the highlights so far today.

The official Doctor Who channel reuploaded the first TV trailer. Check it out:

Peter Capaldi recorded a Happy Birthday message. Watch it below:

The Radio Times has a wonderful collection of Happy Birthday cards from RTD, Steven Moffat, Christopher Eccleston, David Tennant, Billie Piper, John Barrowman and many many more!
You can also see a transcript of Peter Capaldi's video above in his card below:

Peter Capaldi then made a surprise appearance at the Doctor Who Experience in Cardiff to celebrate with fans (and eat cake!). Here's a video of that!

Fans have also been contributing. Popular trailer maker VG934 has made a 10th anniversary trailer:

And finally, visual effects artist JohnSmithVFX has created a wonderful look back at the past 10 years.

Friday, 16 January 2015

Relax, Doctor Who is NOT Being Removed from Netflix US

At least not forever...if everything goes to plan that is.

(Update 2: Classic Doctor Who is renewed too. Not that there's much of it on there.)

(Update: Turns out that shortly after posting this, Netflix has apparently renewed 21 BBC shows, including New Doctor Who and Torchwood. Go figure. This leaves the majority of BBC shows, including Classic Doctor Who, left to go.)

A few weeks ago, Netflix US put up a date on all the BBC shows, including Doctor Who, Sherlock and Torchwood, that they will expire February 1st. This has, for obvious reasons, caused an uproar in the fandom, spouting petitions everywhere, for example, one currently has 35957 signatures, with many sites fear-mongering the fans with click-bait headlines. The fans are showing that they are truly desperate for their show to remain.

In fact, the fear-mongering and petitions could damage the chance of shows returning and staying, in part or in whole, at worst. At best, it's pointless.

This is because this same thing happens almost every year, and not just with BBC shows, to varying degrees of panic. Hey, here's a petition from 2012 with the exact same thing, listing another previous occasion. Here's a discussion on Reddit from the same year about it. Here's a list of shows to be removed from last year.

The license Netflix has with the BBC's commercial subsidiary, BBC Worldwide, is up for renewal once again. Until the deal is closed, they need to deal with the worst case scenario where it falls through, so they put an expiry date up (and temporarily take it down if the negotiations go beyond that expiry date). Usually, negotiations are finished quickly so most of the time, people don't notice.

But how can public petitions damage the chance? Well, Netflix may want to try to get every show on the planet but they only have a certain amount of money to spend. BBC Worldwide is out there to make money. What do you think they'll do when they realise that fans, and therefore Netflix, are desperate for the show to stay? They'll put up the price! Especially since the show's popularity is soaring. This only gives WW more leverage.
This means that something will have to give. It may not be Doctor Who. It may not even be a show, but rather the technical setup to keep the site running smoothly (like battling American ISPs). But something somewhere would have to give. Unless, of course, Netflix deems it too expensive and simply rejects it.

So while it's important for BBC Worldwide to see a level of interest, keep the desperation in private with Netflix. Put your money where your mouth is and get on the phone or live chat with their support team, explaining how you need the show and would stop paying otherwise.
This way, each individual complaint can be tied to the issue and to money they could lose. This works infinitely better than an easily faked petition from people who could be members or not, and is one of the main methods Netflix uses to determine what shows are sustainable to keep.
Remember, be polite while contacting Netflix. The support staff aren't responsible for any negotiations and Netflix don't remove them because they want to, but legally have to.

So relax people. There's a good chance they might disappear for a short period, but it won't be gone forever (unless in the rare chance that negotiations fall through and if they do, other services exist). Chances are, the deadline date will just disappear and things will just continue. It has been confirmed Netflix UK and Ireland are unaffected.

"Doctor Who: Earth Conquest - The World Tour" Airs Tonight on BBC3

The documentary "Doctor Who: Earth Conquest - The World Tour" originally aired on BBC America and then released on DVD/Blu-Ray will air tonight on BBC 3 at 7pm, followed by Deep Breath.

The documentary follows Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman on their world tour to promote Series 8 across  the 7 cities - Cardiff, London, Seoul, Sydney, New York, Mexico City and Rio - and also includes some fun fan encounters.

Wednesday, 14 January 2015

Doctor Who Series 9 News Round-Up

Filming on Doctor Who series 9 started last week and a few details on the upcoming series have been revealed. It has been confirmed that the series is set to return in the Autumn.

According to a tweet posted then deleted by Director of Photography Ali Asad, the series will soon be going to Spain for some on-location shooting.

The episodes currently being filmed are episodes three and four, part of Block One, written by Toby Whithouse ("School Reunion", "The Vampires of Venice", "The God Complex", "A Town Called Mercy"), produced by Derek Ritchie (Wizards vs Aliens, Being Human) and directed by Daniel O’Hara (Silent Witness, The Game, Being Human). 

Paul Kaye
Steven Moffat commented on the story:
“An amazing guest cast for a brilliantly creepy two-parter by Toby Whithouse. Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman are back in Cardiff, back in the box, and back in action - for one of our scariest adventures yet!”
On set filming for the new series, Peter Capaldi added:
“The adventures begin again for myself and Jenna and I’m delighted to be back filming my second series of Doctor Who.”
Paul Kaye who played Thoros of Myr in the third series of Game of Thrones joins the Doctor Who cast for the two-part episode. A comedian and actor, Paul is also well-known for being the voice of Vincent the fox on the puppet-based BBC comedy Mongrels. 
Morven Christie

Commenting on his role, Paul Kaye, said: 
“As a kid of the 1970’s, the two shows you always watched were Top of the Pops and Doctor Who, they were unmissable. I actually wrote a song called ‘Looking for Davros’ in my first punk band and I sang it like a demented Dalek. I got to present TOTP back in the mid ‘90’s and landing this role in Doctor Who completes the dream double."

 “Peter is a perfect Doctor and I’m loving every minute of the experience, even the five hours in make-up. What a treat, best 50th birthday present ever!”
Also starring in the episodes will be Morven Christie who recently played the role of Amanda in the crime drama Grantchester and featured in Death in Paradise (2014) and Twenty Twelve.

Colin McFarlane
Arsher Ali who played the part of Malik Suri in the critically acclaimed The Missing (BBC One) takes up a role in the guest cast alongside Colin McFarlane who appeared in Eastenders as part of the Who Killed Lucy Beale? storyline.

Recognised for her theatre and TV performances, actress Sophie Stone appears in the show for the first time. Sophie was the lead actress in the play Woman of Flowers and has appeared in Midsummer Murders and Casualty.

Also joining Peter Capaldi (The Doctor) and Jenna Coleman (Clara Oswald) and confirmed for roles in the double episode are Zaqi Ismail, Steven Robertson and Neil Fingleton.

Friday, 2 January 2015

Doctor Who Speaker and Headphones Announced

American company Massive Audio have announced, in collaboration with BBC Worldwide, it will launch a new line of Doctor Who-themed products, consisting of TARDIS and Dalek Bluetooth Speakers and Doctor Who Headphones, at the International CES next week.

The company have released the following information:
These TARDIS and Dalek collectable Bluetooth speakers will feature an out-of-this world sound experience along with exciting functions such as built-in official fan favorite sound clips directly from the show and LED indicators that sound off and illuminate when different features are activated. Fans will also be able to link multiple products together to create the ultimate surround sound experience. This will allow the ultra-fan to surround themselves with their own army of Bluetooth Dalek speakers that will rival even the Doctor’s own sonic prowess. With exceptional craftsmanship and sound quality, along with a hugely popular following of over 88 million fans, these speakers and headphones will be a hit with fans of every age and demographic.
This comes at a price though. The Tardis Speaker has an MSRP of $119.98, while the Dalek speaker goes for $119.98 and $149.98. And the headphones retail for $59.98 (wired) and $119.98 (Bluetooth.)

View more information, including a technical specification by clicking on Featured on their site here, or click here to view the store.